Pests are a common problem at home, and they always seem to find their way back after being repelled. In addition to infesting living spaces, pests can also infest your HVAC system and cause a wide range of problems. For one, they can start breeding and living inside the house. This means that they will leave fecal matter, wings, carcasses, fur or shells inside the air ducts.
This will lower air quality significantly and possibly activate allergies, if a member of the household has a sensitive respiratory condition. Besides, the odor produced by rodent droppings is unbearable. Furthermore, these droppings and other debris will clog air filters and reduce the efficiency and performance of the system. Some pests, such as raccoons and termites, can destroy the structure of your home. Wasps, on the other hand, will pose a serious threat to the safety of your family. That is why pest-proofing your HVAC system is important.
How Pests Get Into HVAC Systems
Poor maintenance of the HVAC system is to blame for pest infestation in the air supply system. By paying attention to their heating and cooling systems, homeowners can easily identify areas that may allow pests, including rodents and insects, to enter their HVAC system. This will allow them to take proactive measures to prevent infestation.
How To Pest-Proof Your HVAC System
Seal Your Air Ducts
Gaps and cracks in your ductwork are the main entry points for pests. These entry points can be caused by degradation of the air duct material. In addition to providing insects with entry points, these gaps will lower the efficiency of your HVAC system as heated/cooled air can easily escape to unwanted spaces. Depending on the size of the crack, hole or gap, you can use foil tape or mastic sealant to seal these entry points.
Install Screens On External Air Vents
One of the most high-risk entry points for pests is air vents on the exterior walls of the building. While these vents are important, they give pests direct access to your HVAC system. Ideally, you should install aluminum wire mesh, with tiny holes, over all the external vents on your property to keep pests outside, where they belong. Be sure to also install flue covers to prevent birds, insects and other pests from finding their way into your heating system.
Keep Your HVAC System Clean
Pests detest a clean, well-ventilated environment. That is why you should maintain the highest level of cleanliness in your HVAC system. This can be achieved through regular maintenance. During the HVAC service, air ducts should be cleaned and air filters replaced. Ideally, air filters should be replaced every one or two months. This will not only keep insects at bay, but also improve the efficiency and performance of the system.
Get Regular Pest Control Treatments
While all these strategies may be helpful, the most effective strategy is to hire a pest control company to offer preventive pest control services. In that regard, quarterly pest control can go a long way in keeping your home and HVAC system pest-free.
HVAC Maintenance Cost Hamilton NJ
It is important to maintain your heater and air conditioner so that you don’t give an easy entry point for pests to enter into your home. These critters are survivalists. Your home offers these animals and insects protection from outdoor predators. It also provides shelter from extreme weather. It is up to you to do what you need to do to eliminate the opportunity for them to do so. Maintaining your heating system or air conditioner is the best way to go about this. There are many pest infestations that are caused by poor HVAC maintenance. Be sure to schedule a heater or air conditioner tune-up today!
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